One of the key Māori occasions in Wellington is Matariki, the North Island Māori New Year in late May–early June, beginning with the first new moon after the appearance of Matariki (Pleiades). Te Papa Tongarewa–Museum of New Zealand hosts nearly a month of musical, storytelling, and dance performances; the events begin with a ceremony at dawn. Pick up a brochure and calendar of events at the museum. For a unique gift or souvenir, Te Papa Press also publishes a superbly illustrated Matariki calendar, which runs from June until May and is based on traditional Māori lore of the seasons.
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